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Spirituality and Social Renewal Series

Vision in Action

Working with Soul & Spirit in Small Organizations

July 1996
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  • Publisher
    Lindisfarne Books
  • Published
    1st July 1996
  • ISBN 9780940262744
  • Language English
  • Pages 272 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9.25"

“We recognize that we have moved into a new globalism: that the world is one, economically and geopolitically; and that futurists extol the possibilities opened up by the new complex of silicon-based electronic interactive networks. Yet, at the same time, our thinking about who we are and what we are capable of as human beings remains pitifully inadequate and largely determined by nineteenth-century models. Thus, all talk of ‘family values,’ of ‘virtues,’ of new forms of collaboration and cooperation tends either to miss the point for to reinforce the most regressive aspects of our technology.” (“Spirituality and Social Renewal series introduction)

How can we foster the development of initiatives?

How can enterprises such as community projects, schools, farms, and businesses be established in the best possible ways?

How can we work as equals, sharing responsibilities and encouraging one another in our development while offering the highest-quality product or service?

Vision in Action is a workbook for all who are involved in social creation—collaborative actions that can influence the social environment within which we live and where our ideas and actions can make a difference.

This volume is a user-friendly, hands-on guide for developing healthy small organizations—ones with soul and spirit.

"A well-written exposition of organizational development and the problems that groups tend to encounter as they progress. I highly recommend it to anyone in the field."

Caroline Estes, cofounder of Alpha Farm and master facilitator

"This well thought-out book breathes life into the worn-out concept of vision. One finds in it an enlivening imagination of how to develop new initiatives. Like all worthwhile advice, it is based on hard-won life experience. Work with this book and you will find heal help in developing small organizations."

Robert Michael Burnside, Director, Organizational Development Products, Center for Creative Leadership

C O N T E N T S:

Introduction to the Second Revised Edition


1. The Human Being and Organizational Life
2. The Conscious Development of Initiatives


3. Starting Initiatives
4. Getting Going: The Growing Pains and Childhood Diseases of Initiatives
6. Ways of Working Together in the Developing Organization
7. Re-creating the Organization: Vision, Mission, and Long-range Planning
8. Development and Fund-raising in Non-profit Institutions


9. Initiatives and Individual Development
10. Signs of Hope: Imaginations for the Future

Christopher Schaefer

Christopher Schaefer, Ph.D., is a founding member of the Social Science Section of the Goetheanum School of Spiritual Science in North America, a faculty member at Sunbridge College, and Director of the Waldorf School Administration and Community Development program. He is also an organization development consultant, and the Executive Director of High Tor Alliance.

Tÿno Voors

Tÿno Voors, lecturer at the Centre for Social Development, Emerson College in England, worked as a consultant on issues of community and organizational development for many years. He has been closely involved with Mercury Provident Society, Ltd., in England and Triodos NV in Holland—two new banking initiatives on approaches to handling money. He also worked for many years as a management consultant with the N.P.I. Institute for Organization Development in Holland. He lives in Sussex, England.